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The Caney River, taken facing south near the F...

The Caney River, taken facing south near the Frank Phillips Rd. overpass. Taken in Bartlesville, Oklahoma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m supposed to have posted about my favorite nearby charity.

I was totally shocked to discover my favorite charity does business a half day’s drive away from me, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

That’s an unassuming place.

It’s an unassuming mission: providing surgery and prosthesis for Christians injured during persecution. Among other facets.

It just kills me to realize fellow brothers and sisters in Christ have been killed and maimed for their faith, left widowed, jobless, or homeless by the attacks of the violent.

But honestly, I think what bothers me most is finding persecution happening more and more, here, where I live, finding folks with stories that have been squelched, who do not even realize they are losing what we once had.

Okay, here is the mission: Voice of the Martyrs.

And here is just a tiny glimpse at what they deal with, daily:

An Afghan news service quoted Mr. Hanafi as saying, “Numerous Afghans have become Christians in India. This is an offense to Islamic laws, and according to the Quran, they need to be executed.” (from their website)

No, that’s not really a glimpse of what they deal with; not like the photos they send you if you ask for their literature. A photo of a little girl with her arm cut off, or of individual glass communion cups melted in a church torching will make you think. Will make you pray.

Will make you give.

The Voice of the Martyrs
P.O. Box 443
Bartlesville, OK 74005

Please Follow This and Act. Thanks.

Location of Uberlingen

Location of Uberlingen*

In January of 2008, the Jugendamt (Germany’s youth welfare office) and police officials surrounded the Gorber family’s Uberlingen home in a surprise raid. Mr. Gorber was away from home at the time of the raid, visiting his wife at a local hospital where she had been admitted, due to complications from her pregnancy with their ninth child. Despite the children’s repeated protests, all but the oldest son, age 21, and a daughter, age 20, were taken into custody by the authorities.

The siblings reported that the 7-year-old was gripped around the waist by a youth home music teacher, dragged kicking and screaming across the courtyard, and thrown into a van. The terrified 3-year-old clung to his 20-year-old sister so tightly that even the police and Jugendamt official could not separate them. Both had to be taken to the youth home, where at last the little fellow’s strength gave out and he was taken into custody. [ . . . ]

Read more here.

[ . . . ] This is especially out of the ordinary when nearly all other western European democracies allow for homeschooling by either constitution, law, or practice. Even formerly communist eastern European countries are loosening up their laws and regulations to allow homeschoolers freedom. Far from escaping the rigidly uniformitarian ideas about society that prevailed in Hitler’s Germany, today’s authorities seem to be perpetuating it through their treatment of German homeschoolers. [ . . . ]

Read more here.

The article behind the links, here, will lead you to what we can do. Your signature is needed. Go there. Thanks.

*photo: Wikipedia